John Grisham tackles nonfiction for the first time with The Innocent Man, a true tale about murder and injustice in a small town (that reads like one of his own bestselling novels). The Innocent Man chronicles the story of Ron Williamson, how he was arrested and charged with a crime he did not commit, how his case was (mis)handled and how an innocent man was sent to death row. Grisham's first work of nonfiction is shocking, disturbing, and enthralling--a must read for fiction and nonfiction fans. We had the opportunity to talk with John Grisham about the case and the book, read his responses below. --Daphne Durham
I had a hard time getting absorbed by this one...I did not recommend it to my friend who often commutes while tired, I thought this reader might put her to sleep. But I stuck with it and by the end of disc 3 I was hooked. It is a lesson about our judicial system I will never forget. I was on the fence regarding the death penalty before listening to this book, now I'm definitely opposed to it. It is a true story, so naturally the facts have to be represented which makes it less entertaining than a purely 'made up' story, but in the end I had to give it 4 stars.
This is a very boring book! It is the fitst time I had to stop listening and send a book back. Sorry.
I didn't realize, when I first started the book, that it was to be a do***entary. I found it hard to get into at first and was disappointed as I am a big Grisham fan. However, once it dawned on me that it was, in fact, a true story, I listened with a 'different ear'. This, especially since I personally know someone in jail for something he didn't do. Because of my personal experience I could truely relate to the story and to the legal machinations. I was on the fence regarding the death penalty when I first met the innocent man I know and through that experience became guardedly against it. Now, after hearing this stroy, I will argue against anyone that is pro death penalty. This book provided everything I needed to understand completely the real issues at stake. It also, however, deepened dramatically, my belief that our judicial system needs a serious overhaul. I am going to the bookstore and buying at least a dozen copies of this book and gifting it a number of people I know could use an awakening. Grisham came through in spades!!!